Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: As required by RCW 28B.10.590, Eastern Washington University proposes these new rules to give students more choices for purchasing educational materials and to encourage faculty and staff to work closely with bookstores and publishers to implement the least costly option without sacrificing educational content and to provide maximum cost savings to students.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28B.10.590 and 28B.35.120(12).
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 08-21-141 on October 21, 2008.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: February 27, 2009.
University Policy Administrator
(1) "Materials" means any supplies or texts required or recommended by faculty or staff for a given course.
(2) "Bundled" means a group of objects joined together by packaging or required to be purchased as an indivisible unit.
(1) provide students the option of purchasing materials that are unbundled whenever possible;
(2) disclose to faculty and staff the costs to students of purchasing materials and disclose retail costs for course materials on a per course basis to faculty and staff and make this information publicly available;
(3) disclose publicly how new editions vary from previous editions by providing the contact information for the publisher;
(a) When a new edition of a textbook is ordered by faculty, the bookstore will notify them of the retail cost change to the students if this information is available. The bookstore will also inquire if students may use the old edition if it is available.
(b) The bookstore will provide notice that this is a new edition, and whether or not the student may use the old edition.
(4) promote and publicize book buy-back programs;
(5) encourage faculty and staff to consider the least costly practices in assigning course materials, such as adopting the least expensive edition available when educational content is comparable as determined by the faculty and working closely with publishers and local bookstores to create bundles and packages if they deliver cost savings to students.